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Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola

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The Benguela railway in the Moxico Province of Angola. Canadian company Ivanhoe Mines announced yesterday that it will commence exploration activities in Moxico Province and in the Cuando Cubango provinces of Angola soon. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola

International mining giant Ivanhoe Mines announced that the company has been granted 22,195km2 of greenfield prospecting rights for exploration in the Moxico and Cuando Cubango provinces of Angola.   

A mining investment contract (MIC), officially granting the prospecting rights, was signed with the Angolan National Agency for Mineral Resources during the 2023 Angolan Mining Conference held in Luanda late last week.

The extensive package of prospecting rights covers highly prospective, greenfield copper exploration ground. Ivanhoe’s exploration activities are expected to commence following team mobilisation in the new year.

Also at the Angolan Mining Conference, the Angolan Secretary of State for Mineral Resources, Jânio Victor, on behalf of the Instituto Geologico de Angola (Geological Institute of Angola) and the United States Ambassador for Angola, Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, on behalf of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), signed a memorandum of understanding to work together mapping the country’s critical minerals, such as copper, lithium, cobalt, and manganese.

Extension of Central African Copperbelt (Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola)

According to Robert Friedland, Ivanhoe Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Ivanhoe Mines has an exceptional track record of discovering tier-one deposits in new frontiers. “We are now commencing exploration activities in the underexplored regions of Angola that we believe could host an extension of the Central African Copperbelt. We are incredibly privileged to own 100% of a massive exploration land package with outstanding geological potential. We will be deploying our in-depth, proprietary geological insights gained from Ivanhoe’s exploration team in the Western Foreland and at Kamoa-Kakula,” says Friedland.

“We thank the government of Angola for welcoming Ivanhoe Mines and entrusting us to explore their vast mineral endowment. Our goal is to make Angola a globally significant producer of strategic minerals that our planet so desperately needs, for many generations to come,” adds Friedland.

Ivanhoe joins other majors in Angola (Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola)

The newly granted prospecting rights are located in both the Moxico and Cuando-Cubango provinces, a previously unexplored, albeit highly prospective area of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ivanhoe Mines joins other major mining companies exploring the vast mineral endowment of Angola. The prospecting rights have limited prior exploration conducted to date.

The greenfield area is covered by Kalahari sand and Karoo volcanics across much of the permitted area, similar to the Kamoa-Kakula licenses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making conventional exploration techniques less effective.

Ivanhoe’s exploration team will be deploying their exploration experience and expertise developed from its discoveries of Kamoa-Kakula and the Western Foreland in the DRC.

Anglo American and Rio Tinto also have greenfield exploration activities in the region. Ivanhoe’s exploration team will conduct a reconnaissance visit in the first quarter of 2024 (Q1) across the licences to scout out access, logistics and potential locations for a central camp.

Surveys to commence when rainy season ends  (Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola)

In Q2 of 2024, as the rainy season ends, the team will commence airborne magnetics, gravity, and electro-magnetic geophysical surveys, as well as undertake a baseline soil geochemistry survey.

The geochemistry survey will be conducted over a specific area, testing soil geochemistry responses through the cover sequences.

Later in the year, aircore and stratigraphic diamond drilling will be conducted to verify preliminary geological interpretations. Ivanhoe has committed to an initial exploration budget for the region of USD10-million.

The prospecting rights are granted for an initial period of five years and may be extended for a maximum of seven years. At the end of the initial period of five years, 50% of the prospecting rights are required to be relinquished.

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Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola

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Ivanhoe to commence exploration in Moxico Province of Angola

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